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The Scenery Seldom Changes........

I have been running out the door about every hour since coming on shift to check in a passel of Halliburton equipment. The big pumps and tanks and engines of a frac crew are dropped off on the pad and the crew van loads up to take them back to wherever it is they have been working for another round. We have been sitting in the same location for 22 weeks now and the countryside

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Cotulla, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Boom

Cotulla is about 35 miles northeast of where Miss and I have been hangin’ out for the last several months. Want a better than average look at life in the Eagle Ford Shale? And Cotulla, Tx in particular?

Ralph Ayala pulls up to the Brush Country Museum, parks his truck, and hops out, leaving the engine running. It’s 100 degrees outside and he doesn’t want to come back to a baking vehicle.


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The Brisket Beg

Around August 1st we will have been down in this South Texas Brush Country for 4 months on the same gate for the entire time. I gotta say the people and the country start to grow on ya after awhile. I certainly ain’t no bad place to be.

One item oft repeated is how nice everyone associated with the different crews are. To my way of thinking, each specialty crew has a different personality. The

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Tin Can in the Sun

Andy’s Note: What follows must be a fictionalized account. No experienced gate guard would ever find themselves in such squalid circumstance or experience bizarro incidents as depicted in this essay. Any resemblance to real people or real world events is probably accidental and unintentional.

Tin Can in the Brush

As the first rays of the sun hit the Tin Can, it started to heat up. The worn out Dometic roof top A/C unit

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